Dr. Edward Reátegui Salas, Mazán’s mayor, tells us about the importance of improving the level of care for the town of Mazán and the dozens of communities that rely on Mazán for their sole source of medical aid. The new medical facility in the town of Mazán, Loreto Peru, will be the primary source of medical aid for 45,000 people annually.
The town of Mazán is identified as an optimal site for a clinic due to a combination of critical needs and strategic location.
Advantages to a New Medical Clinic In Mazán:
• Medically, the District of Mazán is plagued with both urban (due to proximity to Iquitos) and rural medical problems.
• The medical clinic will serve as the primary medical source on the Napo River, and Mazán River (noted nationally for being a malaria endemic region).
• Current medical infrastructure and staffing falls far below what is actually needed to address the existing health problems of the community and surrounding districts.
• The town of Mazán itself is located on a geographical crossroads – located at a critical location for movement of people and goods between the Napo River watershed and the urban metropolis of Iquitos.
• The population of the district and region has been steadily increasing, and further increases could be steeper still if proposed infrastructure projects are realized.
• Future development plans for the region will directly impact Mazán, bringing increased access and population.
• Political support (at both regional and local levels) for a Mazán medical clinic is high and enthusiastic.
• High levels of opportunity exist for establishing partnerships with both national and international institutions and organizations.
To learn more please download the Mazán clinic’s impact study: